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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Valley City State--Defender Gold Classic

November 29, 2003

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defenders lost their second narrow decision in as many nights, losing a 72-69 verdict at the hands of Valley City State.

The Defenders trailed by as many as 17, the last time at 64-47 before making it interesting, closing to within 71-69. Dordt forced a turnover and had a three point shot with under :03 left rim off. A foul on the rebound gave Valley City free throws and Matt Klabo made one of two to preserve the win.

Dordt was led by Kyle Van Arendonk's 16 and Jim Brinks' 16. Luke Ruter chipped in with 12 while Garth McFadden made 15 points in the first half on the way to a game high 18.

Steve Esselink of Sioux Falls was named the Classic's MVP while Beau Fitts (Sioux Falls), Dan Lund (William Penn), Tyrone Terry (Valley City) and Kyle Van Arendonk (Dordt College) made up the All Classic team.

Dordt's Current Record: 5-3 (0-1)
Opponent's Current Record: 3-4 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 33 36 69
Valley City State--Defender Gold Classic 42 30 72
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Luke Ruter 7
Kyle Van Arendonk 4
Bret Van Wyk 4
Dan Hospers 4
Team Total: 30
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Matt Klabo 10
Team Total: 32
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kyle Van Arendonk 16
Jim Brinks 16
Luke Ruter 12
Team Total: 69
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Garth Mc Fadden 18
Matt Klabo 13
Brandon Bata 12
Tyrone Terry 10
Team Total: 72
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 29/62 47%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/12 17%
Free Throws: 9/14 64%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/51 55%
3-Point Field Goals: 11/17 65%
Free Throws: 5/9 56%

For more information, please contact Mike Byker, Sports Information Director, at mbyker@dordt.edu or (712) 722-6301.